To beat Stephenville, opponents must first solve the riddle of goal keeper Trey Auvenshine and the Yellow Jacket defense. SHS pitched its 14th shutout of the season on Friday, in the Jackets’ final home contest of the 2008 season.
Shelby Sharp scored a pair of goals on the offensive end, and German Chavarria added a goal and an assist, as the Jackets buried San Angelo Lakeview, 4-0, in District 8-4A.
“German (Chavarria) was excellent tonight in the midfield,” said Stephenville coach Ramsay Wright. “He played really well, and of course David Huxen was great defensively in helping to preserve the shutout. Ray Monreal is another guy who was solid tonight. We’ve had to pull a couple of kids up from the JV because of injuries, and we have some young kids playing big roles right now.”
Sharp scored both first half goals for the Jackets. The first came just 5 minutes and 26 seconds into the game off an assist from Chavarria. With 12:42 remaining in the half, Sharp struck again, this time picking up an assist from Mason Taylor.
Chavarria scored just before the mid-way point of the second half to make it a commanding 3-0 Yellow Jacket advantage, before Auvenshine finished Lakeview off with a rare goal by a keeper.
The senior who, along with David Huxen, has signed to play at Ranger College next season, scored on a penalty kick for his first goal of the year.
The Jackets secured second place with the win. Killeen is only one game back of Stephenville in the district standings, but with a 1-0-1 record against the KHS, the Jackets not only have the lead, but also the tie-breaker, if it comes into play.
SHS wraps up the regular season with its 8-4A finale at Brownwood on Tuesday. JV play begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by the varsity at 7:30 p.m.
Unless there are changes in the 7-4A standings next week, Stephenville will meet Fort Worth Arlington Heights in the bi-district round of the state playoffs. If the Honeybees and Jackets both meet Arlington Heights, there is a possibility the games could be played back-to-back on the same date at a neutral location, according to Honeybee coach Casey Weil.